Croatia’s Mandzukic banned for 1 World Cup match

FIFA has banned Croatia’s star forward Mario Mandzukic for just

one World Cup match for a red-card challenge in the playoffs.

Mandzukic will miss the tournament’s opening match when Croatia

plays host Brazil in Sao Paulo on June 12.

FIFA says its disciplinary committee imposed the minimum

sanction on Mandzukic.

FIFA disciplinary rules require bans of at least one match for

”serious foul play.”

The Bayern Munich forward stamped on Iceland midfielder Johann

Gudmundsson’s left knee in the second leg of their playoff in

Zagreb.

Mandzukic had scored 10 minutes earlier to give Croatia the

lead. Croatia won 2-0 in Zagreb to advance by the same score on

aggregate.